Narrow in the SPARC Blade market|
|In 1999 there were 8
or so manufacturers with their own independent CPCI SPARC SBCs fighting for a
share in this market.|
The first wave, which were highly dependent on
the telco markets, dropped out with the dotcom collapse in 2000.
recently, in 2005, it looks like FORCE COMPUTERS (now part of Motorola
Computer Group) and Continuous Computing have severely cut back their SPARC
If this follows a pattern of activities we've
seen in this market before, we expect Force and Continuous Computing to exit
the SPARC market this year as they pursue growth opportunities in the larger
Intel Architecture market instead.
...Later:- the SBC market moved
away from "open" form factors and backplanes back to proprietary
designs which are the backbone of many telco server farms. Although CPCI servers
still exist - they are mainly used for very long life deployments such as
military or embedded systems.